Lead Risk Reduction Interventionist - Northeast Region of VT

SUMMARY

The Lead Risk Reduction Interventionist is responsible to deliver services to groups of moderate to high-risk offenders in the assigned region and provide supervision/professional development to the assigned region's interventionists.The goal of this position is to use and supervise specific curricula designed to address anti-social thinking and behaviors in order to reduce the risk of recidivism upon re-entry into or within the community.

The Lead Interventionist is responsible, as needed, to advocate, coordinate, collaborate, and develop plans in a proactive array of comprehensive and individualized recommendations for services with the Risk Reduction Coordinator and the Department of Corrections staff.The Lead Interventionist activities provide direct supervision of the Phoenix House Interventionist who works collaboratively with both the VT Department of Corrections' Chief Clinical Specialist and Program Services Director whom are responsible for the service sites.

INTERVENTIONIST ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include:

  • Provide up to 20 hours per week of DOC contracted delivery of risk reducing activities.

  • Facilitate Evidenced-based curriculum and coordinate collaborative communication with Parole and Probation services as needed.

  • Provide groups in an understanding, empathetic manner within the criminal justice system.

  • Respond to client crises and emergencies as needed.

  • Maintain accurate and timely case and group notes.Document developments and important events in accordance with best practice standards for reporting and record keeping.

  • Maintain client charts to comply with Phoenix House /VTDOC and/or other state agency standards, using the Electronic Health Record (OMS).

  • Attend and participate in meetings and required trainings by Phoenix House and the VTDOC.

  • Participate in ongoing Interventionist Performance evaluations.

  • Maintain ADP files and complete Relias E-learning requirements in a timely fashion.

  • Provide coverage to interventionist schedules as needed.

LEAD INTERVENTIONIST ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include:

  • Providing 20 hours per week of service to Interventionist for the region through the following services.

  • Provide ongoing clinical guidance and feedback to Interventionists

  • Work with VT DOC Chief Clinical Specialist regarding specialized cases, need-based accommodations, and clinical flexibility related to service delivery

  • Use evidence based documentation, including assessment scores, mental health records, or past intervention documentation to guide services geared to offender needs, risk, experience, and abilities

  • Participate in performance reviews, document meetings with interventionists and provide feedback.

  • Provide screening and assessment services as well as training and site team training on curriculum delivery techniques and other curriculum training as needed.

  • Participate in performance reviews with the State on a quarterly basis, which will assist Interventionists work in meeting their competency goals.

  • Development of appropriate Professional Development Plans (PDPs) for interventionists.

  • Provide individual training and/or site team training on curriculum delivery techniques, group management, PDPs etc.

  • Provide comprehensive curriculum specific training as needed.

  • Work with other Risk Intervention Services Team members to determine offender Service Plan.

  • Documentation of meetings with interventionists to provide feedback on:

  • Group delivery

  • Individual cases of interest

  • Interventionist PDP progress

  • Interventionist performance reviews

  • Contractor may provide screening and assessment services as identified by the State, which may include the following tools:

  • Addiction Severity Index, Client Evaluation of Self, and Treatment.

  • Contractor will be expected to work with the Risk Reduction Coordinator to:

  • Provide information to the VT DOC regarding noncompliance with conditions of supervision, any new illicit activity, and threats to self and/or others as part of the program participation agreement.

  • Attend meetings and trainings as required by the State.

  • Assist State staff to modify a program to accommodate participants who have been identified as having a disability per an American Disability Act (ADA) request.

  • Participate in interview hiring process for new interventionists.

  • Serve as a role model through positive, appropriate conduct and participation in special agency events.Project a good image to the public.

  • Dress in a professional manner.

  • Perform other duties as assigned.

COMPETENCIES

  • Demonstrated proficiency in Electronic Health Record OMS system sufficient to fulfill the duties required by this position is expected within 30 days of employment.

?Demonstrate empathy and compassion for clients in group, individual counseling, and daily interactions.

  • Maintain objectivity towards all clients and make clinical decisions based on accurate information.

  • Demonstrate appropriate boundaries between self and clients.

  • Promote self-help concept within program.Encourage clients to create their own solutions and encourage clients to use each other for support.

  • Play appropriate interventionist role, serving as guide in the self-help recovery process.

  • Track progress of clients assigned to caseload.

  • Implement daily schedule of program activities.Provide structure and accountability.Monitor and facilitate program activities.Engage in monitoring activities.

  • Work cooperatively with others and supervisors.

  • Work in a Trauma-Informed manner when interacting with clients.

  • Demonstrate patience and consideration when assisting others.

  • Demonstrate thoughtful decision-making.

  • Promote choice and empowerment.

  • Understand the stages of change.

  • Utilize gender sensitive and culturally appropriate practices.

  • Ensure client confidentiality in accordance with all federal, state, and local laws and regulations.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this position successfully, you must be able to perform each essential duty and responsibility satisfactorily.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

  • ?Ability to perform the core functions of a risk reduction interventionist.
  • ?Ability to develop rapport with substance-abusing populations.
  • ?Ability to apply organizational management skills and maintain self and client accountability.
  • ?Ability to prepare and maintain required documentation.
  • ?Ability to comply with internal, local, state, and federal regulations and policies.
  • ?Ability to work and communicate with others.
  • ?Ability to work within the confines of a corrections facility and/or its community.

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

Achievement of relevant graduate degree from an accredited institution and equivalent combination of knowledge and experience.

LICENSES/CERTIFICATIONS

Attainment of certification as required by funding/licensing sources (demonstrable pursuit of certification with timetable for achievement is acceptable.)

PHYSICAL DEMANDS

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties and responsibilities.

REGULARLY REQUIRED:to sit, use hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear.

OCCASIONALLY REQUIRED:to stand, walk, stoop, kneel or crouch and lift and/or move up to 10 pounds

WORK ENVIRONMENT

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential duties and responsibilities of this position.Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to performthe essential duties and responsibilities.

The work environment is that of a substance abuse treatment milieu which may include:

  • Exposure to clients infected with Hepatitis B, HIV, TB, or other Infectious Diseases

  • Exposure to patients with co-occurring mental health issues.

  • Business-related travel, as needed, to various service sites.

SCHEDULINGNEEDS:Evening, weekend, and/or holiday shifts may be required.

Lead or Clinical InterventionistDeliverables:

Participate in a performance reviews with the State on a quarterly basis which will assist Interventionists work in meeting their competency goals.Development of appropriate Professional Development Plans (PDPs) for interventionists.

Documentation of meetings with interventionists to provide feedback on:

?Group delivery

?Individual cases of interest

?Interventionist PDP progress

?Interventionist performance reviews

Work with State and contracted staff to ensure that offenders are receiving the necessary interventions to reduce risk indicated on the offender program plan including monitoring of primary need areas, identification and development of curriculum, training and delivery of new curriculum.

Contractor may provide screening and assessment services as identified by the State, which may include the following tools, the Addiction Severity Index, Client Evaluation of Self and Treatment.

Provide individual training and/or site team training on curriculum delivery techniques, group management, PDPs etc.Provide comprehensive curriculum specific training as needed

Contractor must be able and willing to deliver manualized curriculum, approved by the State, in a group format.

Participation in weekly multi-disciplinary program team meetings and available on site to assist DOC staff and program participants.

Work with other Risk Intervention Services Team members to determine offender Service Plan.

Contractor will deliver programming and group coverage (possibly at other sites in the region) as scheduled by the Risk Intervention Services Coordinator (RISC).

Contractor will be expected to provide information to the VT DOC regarding noncompliance with conditions of supervision, any new illicit activity, threats to self and/or others as part of the program participation agreement.

Attend meetings and trainings as required by the State.

Assist State staff to modify a program to accommodate participants who have been identified as having a disability per an American Disability Act (ADA) request.

Participation in interview hiring process for new interventionists.

Phoenix House conducts as needed, job-related background checks, fingerprints, drug testing, physical exams, medical exams, TB testing, verification of employment history and/or reference checks prior to employment.

Phoenix House is an Equal Opportunity Employer providing equality of opportunity to all who are protected against discrimination by law, regulation, or executive order, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

EEO is the Law: Applicants and employees are protected under Federal law from discrimination.Click http://www.dol.gov/ofccp/regs/compliance/posters/pdf/eeopost.pdf to learn more.

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